Functional Tests in Docker

Applies to ReadyAPI 3.30, last modified on March 24, 2022


Docker runs applications in light-weight virtual containers. The containers provide you with a consistent environment isolated from other applications. SmartBear provides you with the ready-api-soapui-testrunner docker image you can use to run ReadyAPI functional tests within containers. The image is available in Docker Hub.

Docker image

To run functional tests in Docker, use the following image from Docker Hub:

Required license

To use the image, you must have a file-based Floating license or a SmartBear ID-based license assigned to you.

To specify your license, add the parameters shown below to your docker run command.

-e LICENSE_SERVER="License Server Address"

Required. Specifies the address of the license server. When a container runs, it connects to the specified server to obtain a Floating ReadyAPI Test license.
Make sure the container is able to connect to the license server using the IP you specify, regardless of whether you use a public or private IP address.


When you run a container, it connects to the specified license server and obtains the license. The license server must be available to the container and must be properly configured. See Configure License Server 5.x.


Required. Specifies the address of the SmartBear license server.
Make sure the container is able to connect to the following addresses:


-e API_KEY="9a######-####-####-####-##########97"

Required. Specifies your personal access key. You can get it on the SmartBear Licensing Portal:

Getting access key

Hardware requirements

This topic describes how to use Docker with ReadyAPI on the Hyper-V virtualization platform. To do that, use the same environment you use to run your Docker images. There are no specific requirements for this.

To learn more, see the Docker documentation:

To run ReadyAPI tools in Docker containers on other virtualization platforms, additional configuration may be required. Please see the corresponding documentation.

Known issue: You cannot run the ready-api-soapui-testrunner image by using the Docker toolbox.

Pulling Functional Test Runner image from Docker Hub

To run functional tests by using a Docker image, you need to pull it from Docker Hub. To do this, use the following command:

docker pull smartbear/ready-api-soapui-testrunner

Docker command syntax

To run a functional test in a Docker container, use the following command line:

docker run -v="Project Folder":/project -v="Report Folder":/reports -v="Extensions Folder":/ext -e LICENSE_SERVER="License Server Address" -e COMMAND_LINE="Test Runner Arguments" -it smartbear/ready-api-soapui-testrunner:latest


-v=Project Folder:/project

Required. Specifies the path to the folder that contains the ReadyAPI project. When a container starts, this folder will be copied to the container.
Usage: -v="C:\Work\ReadyAPI Project":/project
Note: On some systems, you may need to change the path in the following way:
"C:\Work\ReadyAPI Project" -> "/host_mnt/C/Work/ReadyAPI Project"

-v=Report Folder:/reports

Specifies the folder on a local machine to which the generated reports will be exported.
Usage: -v="C:\Work\Reports":/reports
Note: On some systems, you may need to change the path in the following way:
"C:\Work\Reports" -> "/host_mnt/C/Work/Reports"

-v=Extensions Folder:/ext

Specifies the folder whose content should be copied to the /bin/ext folder of the ReadyAPI installation in the container. Use this argument if your project requires additional libraries, such as database drivers or plugins.

Usage: -v="C:\Work\ReadyAPI Extensions":/ext
Note: On some systems, you may need to change the path in the following way:
"C:\Work\ReadyAPI Extensions" -> "/host_mnt/C/Work/ReadyAPI Extensions"

-v=Plugins Folder:/root/.soapui/plugins

Specifies the folder with plugins that should be installed to ReadyAPI in the container.

Usage: -v="C:\Users\<User>\.soapui\plugins":/root/.soapui/plugins
Note: On some systems, you may need to change the path in the following way:
"C:\Users\<User>\.soapui\plugins" -> "/host_mnt/C/Users/<User>/.soapui/plugins"

-e COMMAND_LINE="Test Runner Arguments"

Required. Specifies arguments for the test runner. The %project% variable refers to the container folder to which the contents of the project folder were copied. To refer to the reports volume, use the %reports% variable.


-e COMMAND_LINE="-f/%reports% '-RJUnit-Style HTML Report' -FHTML '-EDefault environment' '/%project%/Sample-readyapi-project.xml'"


Required. This command enables the interactive command-line interface within a Docker container.


Required. Specifies the image to create a container from.

Sample full command

docker run -v="C:\TestRunner\Project":/project -v="C:\TestRunner\Reports":/reports -v="C:\TestRunner\Extensions":/ext -e LICENSE_SERVER="" -e COMMAND_LINE="-f/%reports% '-RJUnit-Style HTML Report' -FHTML '-EDefault environment' '/%project%/Sample-readyapi-project.xml'" -it smartbear/ready-api-soapui-testrunner:latest

Exit codes

After the docker stops running, you can get the exit code by using the following command:

PowerShell (Windows)

Command Prompt (Windows)

Terminal (macOS and Linux)

Besides the standard Docker exit codes (see the Docker documentation) the ready-api-soapui-testrunner Docker image uses the following codes:

101 Contained ReadyAPI cannot start due to a license issue.
Make sure the license server is properly configured and the Docker image can access to it. See other possible issues with Floating licenses.
102 The ReadyAPI project was not found.
Make sure you specify the correct folder for the project volume, and this folder contains the specified project.
103 An error occurs during the test run. See the test log for more details.

To add the Functional Test Runner image to your Docker Compose application:

  1. Get the Functional Test Runner image's Dockerfile from GitHub ( and put it somewhere in your Docker Compose project directory.

  2. Open Dockerfile in any text editor. Uncomment the line that assigns the license server address to the LICENSE_SERVER environment variable and specify the host and port of your license server.


    Tip: If you configure other commands in the file, you will not have to specify the corresponding arguments when running the service.
  3. Open the docker-compose.yml file in your Docker Compose project folder and add the command to build a service from Dockerfile:

      build: <path>


    The name that will be assigned to the service.


    The path to the directory in the project folder where Dockerfile is stored.



    version: '3'
          build: .
          image: redis:latest
          image: postgres:9.4
            - db-data:/var/lib/postgresql/data
    Tip: For a reference on the docker-compose.yml file, see
  4. Use the docker-compose build command to build the services specified in the docker-compose.yml file.

Now, when you run your Docker Compose application, the Functional Test Runner will be run as a part of it.

To run only the Functional Test Runner service, use the following command:

docker-compose run <service-name> -v="Project Folder":/project -v="Report Folder":/reports -v="Extensions Folder":/ext -e -e COMMAND_LINE="Test Runner Arguments" -it


The name of the Functional Test Runner service.

Note: For a reference on the rest of the arguments, see the Docker command syntax section above.

If you cannot run Docker due to the Drive has not been shared error, perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click the Docker icon in the notification area and select Settings:

    Docker image: Docker context menu
  2. On the Shared Drives page of the Settings dialog, select all the drives you use to run the Docker container.

    If your drives have already been shared, but the error occurs anyway, turn off sharing. After you apply the changes, repeat these steps to share the drives again.

    To share your drivers, select them in the list and click Apply:

    Docker image: Docker context menu

    Click the image to enlarge it.

    You may need to enter the credentials of your system account to apply the changes.

See Also

Docker Images
Configure License Server 5.x
Run TestEngine in Docker Container
VirtServer in Docker
LoadUI agent for Docker
Security Tests in Docker

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